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Safeguarding Children from Abroad

Refugee, Asylum Seeking and Trafficked Children in the UK

Edited by Emma Kelly and Farhat Bokhari

Part of the Best Practice in Working with Children series

Quick Overview

This book examines the problems faced by separated children from abroad (refugee, migrant or trafficked children), what their needs are, and how their needs should be met in order to ensure their effective safeguarding. It identifies gaps in services and demonstrates how these gaps can be addressed. Case studies and best practice points feature.
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Paperback / softback
2011, 9.21in x 6.14in / 234mm x 156mm, 176pp
ISBN: 978-1-84905-157-6
2011, ePUB, 176pp
ISBN: 978-0-85700-559-5
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Children from abroad who are alone in the UK are vulnerable and at increased risk of harm without the care and protection of their parents or caregivers. They may be unaccompanied asylum seekers, refugees, or victims of trafficking.

This book examines the issues and problems faced by these children, what their needs are, and how these needs should be met in order to ensure their effective safeguarding. It demonstrates that these children often receive a different level of service to children who are UK citizens, and examines how these gaps in services can be addressed. Chapters cover the identification and age assessment of separated children, accommodation provision, private fostering, mental health, detention and returns, and the role of the guardian. Case studies and best practice points are included throughout the book.

This important book will be essential reading for all those who encounter separated children, including social workers, counsellors, health care professionals and those working in the voluntary sector.


'Overall the book achieves its aim of being an accessible document for a variety of professionals who may be involved in work with separated children. It demystifies practice, highlighting the need for a focus on the needs and welfare of children, while it does not shy away from the complexities of working with a particularly vulnerable group of children on the move.'
- Practice: Social Work in Action

'The book is highly readable and the chapters cover a wide range of issues, enabling the reader to dip into particular topics.'
- Professional Social Work

'This book highlights... contemporary legal, policy and practice developments. Personally, I was surprised by the new Scottish pilot programme for unaccompanied asylum seekers, but, to find out more, I highly recommend reading this book.'
- Frontline

'The book is a realistic one. It does not shy away from the more unsavoury aspects of child refugees or asylum seekers. It holds out no false hope but there is the suggestion that where legislation is used properly, more help than harm is offered to these children and young people. There is a wealth of references and an extensive bibliography at the end of each chapter which will be invaluable to students and professionals where this phenomenon is a key aspect of their work.'
- Children's Webmag.

'This edited collection includes work from contributors with a variety of expertise in children's social care, research, immigration law, policy and paediatric mental health, and will be particularly relevant for professionals in these fields with an interest in, or responsibility for, separated children. Each chapter contextualises a particular aspect of safeguarding within relevant policy frameworks and legislation, before drawing on research literature and case studies to reflect on the issues raised...this book will do much to raise awareness of the complexity of separated children's experiences, and can only improve our safeguarding responses as a result.'